Until very recently, people have had to work in a singular location and save up enough money so they can travel during their designated “vacation” time. Now, with the rise of social media, the internet and technology in general, this is no longer the case. Location independent jobs are becoming more and more popular.
I didn’t take much notice of all this until quite recently. I worked in a supermarket for months before I set out travelling. It wasn’t until I was already half way around the world that I realised I could start making a living online.
It is now a viable – and not too difficult – option to become a “digital nomad” as they’re being called today.
What is a Digital Nomad?
A digital nomad is someone who makes a living from these location independent jobs and adopts a sort of nomadic lifestyle. There is a whole host of location independent jobs that almost anyone can do. I’m going to go through seven of them just now.
It is true that anyone can become a blogger. It’s easier than ever to get web hosting, a domain name and start running your own site, but does that mean everyone should?
Growing a successful blog into a business that earns you a living is a time-consuming process. This isn’t to discourage you in any way but don’t start a blog as some “get rich quick” scheme. You’ve got to be willing to put in the time and learn about how to make your blog successful.
On a more positive note, having a successful blog is one of the most rewarding things. You can make a decent living from it and it allows you to travel and live wherever you want.
So if you have a particular niche – doesn’t have to be travel – that you are a bit of an expert in or you’re passionate about, why not start your own blog?
Helpful hint: don’t start a blog with the sole intention of making money. Make sure it’s something you’re passionate about.
2. Freelance Writer
What’s the difference between a freelance writer and a blogger?
A freelance writer posts content on other websites (not their own). If you have a flair or a passion for writing, this is ideally suited for you.
Freelance writers get paid to write content for websites. This can be for almost any topic imaginable and you often get paid on a “per article” basis.
Maybe you should pursue this option if you’re a keen writer, but maybe don’t have the time to run your own full-time blog.
Every writer needs an editor, right?
Editors are hired by writers and bloggers to improve their content for them. Chances are, every decent article you’ve read online has been edited by an editor. If you think about that, there shouldn’t be a shortage of job opportunities out there.
The amount you get paid will likely depend on how much experience you have in the field. If you already have a decent amount of experience, you could easily charge £20-25 per hour!
4. Proof Reader
Similar to an editor, a proof reader corrects all of the writing and grammatical mistakes made by the writer. As before, most of the best writers will have a proof reader, but now, as there are more automated proof reading services now installed in writing software like WordPress, these opportunities may be less abundant.
It can be very easy to become a qualified proof reader, although you will need to have a firm grasp of English language and grammar.
Do you know a second language? Well then you’ll have no issue finding work as a translator. People are always looking for content to get translated into other languages. This helps them spread their message, transcending the language barrier.
6. Online Tutor
If you’re a bit of a “know it all” when it comes to a certain subject, this is an easy and surefire way to make some money, wherever you are in the world.
Online tutors are often in high demand and usually get paid pretty well.
7. Web Designer
If creating content isn’t your thing, maybe web designing is. People are always looking to improve the look of their website and they’re more than likely willing to pay for it.
If you’re both creative and techy, there’s probably not a better job out there for you.
Offering your tech services will not only save them a lot of time, but will supply you with the income you need to live wherever you want!
These are just a few of the countless location independent jobs that are out there. If you keep looking, you’ll almost definitely find something for you.
Thanks to the advancements in technology, we no longer have to reside in one corner of the world. With opportunities like this, you have the whole world at your fingertips, literally!